VSPN TECH120-0120: Winter VTNE Preparation Class

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Instructors: Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)
Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Mark Sharpless, MBA, CMAR, RVT, VTS-Lab Animal Medicine (OC)
Tara Woyton, MS, LVT, CVT
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
Course Open: January 9, 2020-March 18, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 1 and 8, 2020; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is designed to help veterinary technician students review the basics of veterinary technology in an overview format. It is not designed to provide in-depth knowledge on each subject as it is assumed the student has that knowledge and is reviewing information in preparation for sitting for the VTNE.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians, technician students and support staff. "This program has been approved for 12.00 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-38823)

Course Information:
This course is designed to provide a review of the veterinary technician essential skills, tasks, and knowledge base as provided by the guidelines set forth by the AVMA CVTEA for approved veterinary technology programs. Active engagement in the entire course should help organize study time and allow for better competency and test taking skills. The course library will contain a variety of handouts, study guides, charts, interactives, slide shows, and flash cards. Note: This class does not guarantee passing the exam; we will approach as many topics as possible in an effort to help the student identify levels of competency as an aid to focus study efforts. In depth and advanced topics will NOT be covered.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 19): Laboratory Procedures (Domain 40)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe sample clinical pathology collection, preparation, and handling techniques.
  • Recall procedures in cytology, microbiology, parasitology, serology, and urinalysis.
  • Perform microscopic evaluations for blood smears, fecal tests, and urine sedimentation.
Week 2 (Real Time Session January 26): Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Domain 10) & Pain Management and Analgesia (Domain 90)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss preparation, administration, and dispensation features of pharmacological and biological agents.
  • Educate clients about drug protocols, administration, safety, and side effects of medications.
  • Perform basic medical math calculations.
  • Define terminology and physiology of types of pain.
  • Discuss analgesic techniques in veterinary medicine.
  • Evaluate pain in animals.
Week 3 (Real Time Session February 2): Anesthesia (Domain 70)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss and identify common drugs used for premedication, induction, and maintenance of anesthesia.
  • Explain pre-operative considerations including patient assessment, IV catheterization, fluid therapy, and airway management.
  • Explain the parts and functions of anesthesia machines.
  • Discuss monitoring parameters and the importance of anesthesia monitoring.
Week 4 (Real Time Session February 9): Surgical Nursing (Domain 20)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss and demonstrate knowledge on preparation and maintenance of the surgical environment.
  • Discuss and identify surgical equipment and supplies.
  • Identify basic surgical instruments.
  • Demonstrate preparation of the surgical site, positioning, and sterile techniques.
Week 5 (Real Time Session February 16): Animal Care and Nursing and Zoonoses (Domain 50)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss and demonstrate small animal nursing procedures of all common species.
  • Discuss nutrition for small animal species.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of reproduction and genetics of small animal species.
Week 6 (Real Time Session February 23): Animal Care and Nursing and Zoonoses (Domain 50 continued) & Emergency Medicine/Critical Care (Domain 80)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Provide client communication for nursing procedures of small animal species.
  • Discuss and show proficient knowledge in emergency nursing procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, acute blood loss, fracture stabilization, blood transfusion, fluid therapy, and oxygen therapy.
  • Show knowledge of emergency protocols, planning, and procedures.
Week 7 (Real Time Session March 1: Diagnostic Imaging (Domain 60) & Dentistry (Domain 30)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic imaging equipment, procedures and positioning.
  • Discuss various types of imaging including endoscopy, ultrasonography, and specialty imaging.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in dental procedures and treatment.
  • Identify charting techniques as it relates to small animal dentistry.
Week 8 (Real Time Session March 8): Review of Farm Animal Medicine and Nursing (Equine, Bovine, Swine, Caprine, and Ovine species)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of farm animal nursing techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of farm animal behavior.
  • Discuss common farm animal diseases.
  • Identify images of farm animal internal and external parasites.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Please click on the instructor names above to view their bio pages.

Total CE Credit: 12

Tuition: $230 ($115 for enrolled AVMA/Canadian accredited VT program students or those who have graduated within 6 months of the course start date, see below). Tuition fees are deeply discounted thanks to a generous grant from the VIN Foundation.
**NOTE: There is NO early bird discount date and enrollment WILL CLOSE on Friday, January 16, 2020 at 5pm ET (USA) or earlier if the maximum number of registrants is reached.)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET on Friday, Friday January 16, 2020, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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*Note: "This program has been approved for 12.00 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-38823)

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357